“The headline refers to "evil". How about just "criminal"? As in the biggest white collar crime in U.S. history, for which not one executive on Wall Street, at the mortgage companies or the Credit Rating Agencies has gone to prison.”
“I strongly support Chuck Hagel for Defense because he was the ONLY U.S. Senator - Republican or Democrat - to EVER stand up to AIPAC, the Israel Lobby and other right-wing American Likudniks like Sheldon Adelson. For this reason, Hagel is absolutely the right man at the right time to be in charge of our Armed Forces. No more Neocon-driven foreign policy disasters, please.”
“Rachel Maddow tonight claimed that the real reason for the McCain/Graham hissy fit is the Senate Republicans want Kerry at State, so that Scott Brown can reclaim the open Senate seat in Massachusetts.”
TLMcL on Nov 27, 2012 at 23:10:55
“That was my conclusion when McCain, Graham and Ayotte put on the Academy Award performance with almost the same talking points. The men were trotted out by their ma$ters as credible long-term senators and Ayotte is the young, token east coast female. The look on the men's faces reminded me of the expression on Colin Powell's when he made his Iraq WMD statements at the UN. It is shameful that these men would sabotage this fine servant's career for dirty tricks politics. Disgusting.”
“There's no making Maureen Dowd or Howard Fineman happy with our President, apparently. I think they're both tired - and we're tired of all of the pundits. Note to Maureen Dowd - terribly sorry, but this is not about who you're going to marry, and Obama is not going to morph into some school-girl fantasy of your macho Irish Catholic cop Dad - like the cowboy, George W. Bush. And to Howard - believe it or not, we out in the real world (outside of the Beltway) understand that there are real, huge issues at stake - like conducting an honest, decent foreign policy (with no torture); crafting a balanced solution to our debt problem; giving 30 million Americans health care; protecting the environment; and planning a cleaner-energy future. Why is that not enough for you, Howard? Please take a long vacation. None of you, it seems, can say one good thing about President Obama - on the eve of his big re-election victory - so how 'bout just keeping your mouths shut?”
“What's with the positive headline, Huffington Post?
Those of us paying attention remember that Condi Rice is a out-and-out war criminal.
No amount of billionaires' cocktail parties (attended by Arianna and Howard Fineman - is that what's going on here?) should obscure that fact.”
“This Democrat hammered Rep. Weiner at the time, but he has paid the price and deserves to be rehabilitated. Also, the Democratic Party badly needs articulate spokesmen like Anthony.
So I say, welcome back, Mr. Weiner!
Anthony for NYC Mayor!!”
“See you later, Cory.
I was a commercial banker in NYC, and the Bain-type predators are the lowest of the low, in the business world. They are amoral, dishonest vultures. To draw a moral equivalency between an honest criticism of Bain's destructive tactics and a blatantly racist political ad is insane, Cory.
I hope you got a lot of money from Wall Street, dude, because you're going to need it.”
coveark on May 21, 2012 at 09:57:35
“Truthful description and comment....You are fanned and faved. and thank you for the truthful description........”
“With all due respect, Mr. Mills - you misplaced your moral compass today.
"The Tuskegee Experiments was a clinical study, conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, in which 399 (plus 201 control group without syphilis) poor — and mostly illiterate —African American sharecroppers were denied treatment for syphilis."
What's the difference, in your mind, between "injecting" them and denying treatment?
Please give me a break.”
Oct 27, 2012 at 23:23:59
“You need to separate the racist South from the rest of the country. For example, in 2008 it was widely reported that Obama "lost the white vote" - when in fact, in the 13 Southern states he lost the white vote by a landslide; but in the remaining 37 states it was a tie for the white vote, 50-50. The South remains a bastion of white racism, unfortunately.”
Magdalena on Oct 28, 2012 at 00:21:40
“The South is more blatant, but racism is everywhere. I was born in Los Angeles, and I have encountered it here. To about 90% of the people I meet I do not look black, so they say freely some fairly racist remarks. I am quit sure they don't even realize it.
I am often asked, even by strangers, what race am I. When I say black, you'd be surprised how many whites say "you don't look black, why would you admit it?" When I reply what's wrong with being black, it hit's them. They are prejudiced and they didn't even know it.”
“It's about time. Now please also go after Moody's and Fitch. The Ratings agencies were at the epicenter of the financial crisis and meltdown, and dozens of their executives should be prosecuted for securities fraud and sent to prison.”
BartRoberts on Jul 26, 2012 at 22:28:18
“Absolutely. When I now think of organized crime, La Cosa Nostra doesn't come first to mind. S&P, Moody's, Fitch and the banking industry do.”
“Everybody posting here should watch the 60 Minutes segment in its entirety. I didn't learn anything new from it, however, because anybody close to the sport knows damned well that it's dirty. More specifically, every single top rider is doping - and has to dope - otherwise they wouldn't be able to compete. Regarding "failing tests" - as noted on 60 Minutes, Armstrong did in fact fail a test, then paid off the examining officials, and the results went away. But the most important fact is that all of the riders know how to evade tests by carefully monitoring their dosage amounts - so the testing is all a charade. It's high time for cycling to clean up its act - and a good start would be for Lance Armstrong to stop lying through his teeth. Lance - in spite of his endorsements and everyone on his payroll - is just another doper.”
leandy on Jun 14, 2011 at 23:30:37
“How did you know all this, are you an insider???”
tainoaz on Jun 14, 2011 at 22:36:11
“They were ALL (the entire SPORT and their 'Regulators') in on this. It's the same thing that happened to Baseball. PROFITS trump all of our Morals/Values nowadays. We are in Deep Doo Doo. We are SLAUGHTERING People to Prop Up the Petro Dollar. We are allowing the 1%s to ROB the rest of the World Here AND Everywhere.”
“Andrew Cuomo didn't "fail" in his efforts to prosecute Wall Street - he never even tried, he was invisible. He was after the Wall Street campaign bucks, period. You can't lump Cuomo in with Spitzer - Spitzer was far more successful in his prosecutions of earlier financial crimes.”
Vinkaye on May 19, 2011 at 09:32:05
“Yes, too bad that Spitzer had a closet full of skeletons because Wall Street was able to make him go away. Cuomo talked as much of the game as he neede to to earn the title of Governor, and then he enacted a budget, replete with tax cuts for the wealthy and service cuts for the poor, that would make the GOP blush! Must be positioning himself to be President Obama's successor in the Democratic Party!”
“The article states that Social Security's funds will be "drained" in 2036.
That is incorrect. Social Security is in much stronger shape than Medicare. Social Security can pay out 100% of promised benefits until 2036, and about three-quarters after that. Congress only needs to make modest changes to the program to put it on sound financial footing for 75 years and beyond.
The right wing has been spreading misinformation about Social Security since the FDR administration, and they're still trying to kill this invaluable program.”
jstov48 on May 14, 2011 at 22:13:37
“According to Social Security Actuaries SS has over 20 trillion in unfunded mandates at this time. That means they would need 20 trillion right now to be able to fullfill their obligations! THis is larger than the so called National debt of 14 trillion. http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba662”
Big Daddy Bill on May 14, 2011 at 21:54:18
“Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, paying benefits from the money collected in taxes from the working. Congress has spent the excess taxes collected and there is only Treasury notes backing up the SSI Trust Fund. Since the government is spending $1.4 Trillion more that we are taking in in taxes this year, how much more will they have to borrow to pay off the T-bills in the SSI Trust Fund just to pay the new retirees?”
“To all my fellow liberals - it was a kill mission - they went in to kill him, period. Can you handle it? I just had to listen to Lawrence O'Donnell and Richard Wolffe on MSNBC - two preppy liberals who clearly don't have any relatives or friends in the military, and most definitely never served - anguish about whether Bin Laden was "armed" or not. Give me a break. Howard Fineman had to step in to remind them that no one in the World Trade Center was "armed" on September 11th, either, and 3,000 of them died. Bin Laden was a mass murderer and had to be taken out, period. We're just lucky we got to him. Thank you to the Navy Seals. President Obama did exactly the right thing.”
“Let's get this straight - we're being asked to listen to warnings from Standard & Poors now?
The same S&P whose corruption - giving bogus "Investment Grade" ratings to mortgage-backed securities they knew were worthless - was one of the main causes of the worldwide financial meltdown? Which in turn was a key cause of our own debt crisis?
This is all in last week's Senate report on the financial crisis. Even Cramer at CNBC points to S&P (and Moody's) as the worst culprits in the whole ugly business. But none of the Rating Agency executives have been prosecuted (to date) for securities fraud.
But now we should listen to these white-collar criminals?”
“Yes, I think we should support Mubarak as he steps on the Egyptian people - in exactly the same
way that the Israelis are stepping on the Palestinians. Yes, the security of the right wing of Israel,
its West Bank settlers, and its insane Foreign Minister is paramount - not the rights of the Egyptian people.
No, the Muslim Brotherhood only represents an aging 20% of the Egyptian population - they are
I think Egypt should turn into a variation of Turkey - an intelligent democracy that doesn't
kowtow to the Likudniks or their American apologists (like Ginsberg). Then things can
finally start to modernize and improve in the new Middle East.”
MarcU on Feb 2, 2011 at 06:47:02
“Excellent concept. Looking at it from this perspective, the role of the military in the situation in Egypt so far makes me think that this is actually a possibility.
The idea of the MB asserting any serious influence in the next government screams Iran at worst and Gaza at best.”
Sam Bark on Feb 2, 2011 at 03:50:40
“abt -- J. Carter also was similarly dreaming....”
cct on Feb 2, 2011 at 00:45:54
“While i dislike any neo-con or apologist for dictatorships I would ask you to be more careful about Turkey. I am from the country and it is far from an intelligent democracy these days under the Islamists. Alcohol age has been raised to 24 at festivals, people are fined for taking children to restaurants (yes your average kebab restaurant) that serve alcohol.
A government that imposes a lifestyle onto its people can hardly be called democratic.
Jan 25, 2011 at 21:39:16
“I nominate Noomi Rapace for Best Actress for her great performances as Lisbeth Salander in the 3 Dragon Tattoo movies. But the Benning-Beatty PR cabal, combined with the Fincher-Sony Pictures Entertainment (making the Hollywood version) PR cabal - have apparently succeeded in nixing her chances. It's more of the same corrupt Hollywood movie politics, and that's too bad.”
“Let us not forget what Standard & Poors just did to this country and the world. They and the other two Rating Agencies (Moody's and Fitch) were the key facilitators of the financial meltdown that put us into this fiscal mess. Their actions were nothing short of criminal. However, they seem to have bought the Congress (see the Dec. 14, 2008 New York Times for full details on Sen. Schumer's actions on their behalf).
S&P and the other Rating Agencies need to re-regulated - as noted in the New York Times lead editorial May 2, 2010 - but then all of the top executives at S&P need to be prosecuted for the securities fraud that destroyed the lives of millions of people worldwide.”
Ann Pettifor on May 5, 2010 at 07:35:03
“abt....why don't you blog about what Standard and Poor's did wrong. This blog is about what the Austerity Party is getting wrong.”